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221st General Assembly (2014)

General Information

 

Please also see the FAQs for additional information about assembly arrangements. 

Planning for your time at the Assembly
The assembly will convene with worship at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 14 and adjourn by noon on Saturday, June 21.  See the proposed docket. The full Schedule of Events with descriptions of the many meetings, meals and other events taking place during the assembly will be available to be downloaded by February 28.

Assembly business meetings will be held at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.  Most other meetings and events will take place there or in one of the assembly hotels or at Fort Street Presbyterian Church, located about 5 blocks from Cobo.

Assembly Worship
There are many opportunities to worship together during the week, beginning with the Opening Worship Service on Saturday, June 14, 11:00 a.m.

On Sunday morning, June 15, all assembly registrants are invited to worship with Detroit area congregations that are making special arrangements to welcome them. Transportation is provided to those churches that are not within walking distance of assembly hotels, and most of the churches are providing lunch to their assembly guests on that day.  Please sign up as you register so our hosts can arrange for transportation and lunch.   

Riverside Conversations
This is an optional pre-assembly experience for commissioners and advisory delegates to begin engaging the key issues before the assembly.  Two periods of 45 minute Conversations are scheduled on Saturday morning, June 14. 

Exhibit Hall
The exhibit hall will be located in Oakland Hall at the Cobo Center, and will be open from 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 14, through 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18.  This is an excellent way to find out about the latest resources and happenings across the denomination, so plan to visit the displays of each of the General Assembly agencies and many related projects and not-for-profit groups, and those of many commercial vendors.  The Bookstore (jointly sponsored by Presbyterian Publishing Corporation and PMA’s Curriculum Publishing) and the Global Marketplace are highlights of the hall.

Mission Tours
The Committee on Local Arrangements has planned several mission tours during the assembly; full descriptions will be available in the Schedule of Events. These are excellent opportunities to learn more about the history and cultural offerings of the area, and to see how Detroit Presbytery is engaged in mission. The tours are likely to be very popular and seating is limited, so purchase tickets when you register. Most tours are not available to commissioners and advisory delegates as they conflict with official meeting times

Face-to-Face
Church Leadership Connection (CLC)  (www.pcusa.org/clc), a ministry of the Office of the General Assembly, will sponsor a Face-to-Face event at the assembly. Search committees, mid council staff, teaching elders and other church professionals have an opportunity to move beyond the written words of Personal Information Forms (PIF) and Ministry Information Forms (MIF) to meet and talk directly with one another about the possibility of ministry together. Face-to-Face is an opportunity to connect with a number of folks in one place over several days, and an opportunity to be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit leading you to places and people you may have never imagined.

For more information, call 888-728-7228, ext. 5225 to attend.

Spaces for Prayer
Two rooms at the Cobo  Center will be set aside for personal prayer and spiritual refreshment and staffed by volunteers from the Committee on Local Arrangements.

 In addition, the Fort Street Presbyterian Church of Detroit (about five blocks from Cobo) offers a quiet space for prayer and meditation from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, Sunday through Friday.

Detailed information about these and other opportunities for prayer will be available on-site.

Dining and Meals
Some group meals are provided at the Cobo Center for commissioners and advisory delegates; other participants can purchase tickets to these.  There are concession areas in the convention center, restaurants in the assembly hotels, and many other restaurants and other dining outlets nearby.  Fort Street Presbyterian Church (located about 5 blocks from Cobo) is serving continental breakfast and box lunches most days during the assembly on a pay-as-you-go basis.  See the Schedule of Events for more information. 

Many of the optional events scheduled during the assembly include a meal.  Tickets can be purchased as you register; please also indicate special dietary restrictions.

Deadlines

  • May 9 – to request assembly housing
  • May 30 – for advance registration and ticket sales
  • May 30 – cancellation deadline (registration fees, less a cancellation fee of $15 or 15% of total registration/ticket sales, whichever is greater), will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received by this date). Other than for canceled events, the G.A. Meeting Service does not refund payment for ticket orders canceled after May 30.

Questions?
gameetingservice@pcusa.org
888-728-7228, ext. 2417